More contenders for community cash pot

Pictured from left are Joe Ecob, David Holmes, Voluntary Action Melton gardening co-ordinator Chris McCluskey, Tracey Priestley and Doug Wilson EMN-151019-150157001
Pictured from left are Joe Ecob, David Holmes, Voluntary Action Melton gardening co-ordinator Chris McCluskey, Tracey Priestley and Doug Wilson EMN-151019-150157001
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Applications continue to flood in for a share of this year’s £10,000 Make It Happen community cash pot.

Judges will allocate the money, which is generously provided by Ragdale Hall, after the deadline of November 2.

Here are this week’s contenders:

l The Drop In Club, which meets every Friday morning, is seeking £300 to pay for days out to different venues.

Up to 50 lonely people benefit from the sessions, which are held at Gloucester House in Melton.

Williams Goss, one of the organisers, said: “Having days out makes members feel wanted it also gives them a bond for the future with a lot more people.”

l Melton Junior Basketball Club has applied for a £250 donation to fund a kit for their new under 12s’ mixed team.

The club, which has been running for a decade and has teams at Under 14, 16 and 18 levels, is trying to help younger children get into basketball.

Club coach Neil Atkins said: “A new kit would make the children very proud to represent the club and give our much younger children something to aim for.”

l A grant of £950 is requested by Active Melton to provide balance bikes to teach early years children how to ride a bicycle.

The machines do not have pedals so children can concentrate on the core skills of balance and gross motor control without thinking about propulsion and foot and leg positioning. The organisations plans to deliver a programme for two local pre-schools and two reception classes at primary schools.

l Organisers of the Voluntary Action Melton Gardening Scheme have applied for £600 to buy a new rotivator and basic tools to help around 65 people who are unable to maintain their own gardens.

A team of skilled volunteers would use the tools to provide a speedy maintenance service.

l Melton Mowbray Cricket club is asking for £300 to help buy a bowling machine so junior players can develop their skills.

Some money has already been raised towards the machine through race nights, bingo and the 100 club.

The training aid would also be used by the club’s adult players.